Élisa and Nicolas are recruiters looking to fill various manufacturing and production positions in Quebec. This article focuses on opportunities with Bombardier Aerospace but they also welcome resumes from professionals in other fields and industries—check the form at the bottom of the page!
Our international recruitment team is currently hiring for different manufacturing and product jobs at Bombardier. Sounds like it could be a good fit for you? Read this article to find out!
Can you tell us more about Bombardier?
Bombardier is one of the world’s leading aircraft designers and manufacturers.
The company started in 1942 as a family-run business specializing in recreational vehicle design and construction, pioneering the snowmobile and other snow-going vehicles adapted to Quebec’s rural environment.
Bombardier then entered the railway business in 1970 with their Bombardier Transportation division, and in 1986, the company took to the skies with the purchase of Canadair. Bombardier has been a global leader in aviation ever since.
The recreational vehicle production division was eventually sold in 2003, following exponential growth and a decision to focus on aviation and railway.
In 2020, Bombardier Transportation was sold to Alstom, closing another chapter of its history.
Today, the company focuses on innovative aircraft production.
Bombardier is a strong international company and a source of pride in Quebec—most locals are interested in all Bombardier news and developments considering how important the company’s activities are in Canada and around the world.
What’s Bombardier’s core business?
Bombardier closed their commercial aerospace chapter to better focus on business and defence aircraft. Most recently, in 2002, Bombardier unveiled the EcoJet research project, an ambitious, innovative research platform aimed at advancing groundbreaking technologies in sustainable aviation.
The story continues and Bombardier hires frequently, especially in manufacturing, to meet ongoing business goals.
Where is Bombardier located?
Bombardier’s production plants are located in Dorval and Saint-Laurent, both on the island of Montreal, close to Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). They also have offices at YUL and in downtown Montreal.
Bombardier also has offices and facilities in the United States, as well as in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Our recruitment team only recruits for positions at the Dorval plant.
What positions are available at Bombardier?
Bombardier is open to hiring international talent, mainly for production and manufacturing jobs. Recruitment is always ongoing for some positions with high-volume workforce requirements. For several specific roles, the hiring process ends as soon as the position is filled.
Currently, we’re mainly looking for upholstery technicians (rembourreur/rembourreuse in Quebec French) to assemble materials to cover aircraft seats, upholster chairs and backrests, and make interior accessories and other textile accessories found on aircraft.
This is a pretty versatile role since it involves designing templates, cutting foam and seat components, as well as sewing and upholstering components according to specific customer needs.
The position requires training in industrial upholstery or saddlery or other relevant training or 3 years of experience in lieu thereof.
Watch this video (in French) to learn more about the contributions of upholstery technicians!
Bombardier is also hiring aircraft cabinetmakers and composite parts laminators (especially fibreglass). Please contact us for more info.
For international recruitment, Bombardier always requires at least 6 months of experience and relevant training (or 3 years of additional experience).
We may be recruiting for other aeronautical jobs in the future, so if you work in this field, don’t hesitate to contact us even if you work in jobs other than those mentioned!
Tips and advice for anyone interested in working at Bombardier
Imperial vs. metric system
Keep in mind that unlike in Europe, North America, including Quebec, uses the imperial system instead of the metric system.
Aeronautical workers will notice that the primary unit of measurement of altitude is feet, and distances are expressed in miles or nautical miles rather than kilometres. Speed is often in knots (nautical miles per hour, “kt”) or miles per hour (“mph”).
In Quebec, the standard workweek is 40 hours. Bombardier employees typically work a set schedule with seniority-based shift preferences. Workers are covered by a collective agreement.
New employees are usually assigned to evening shifts, either 5 days x 8 hrs/day (3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) or 4 days x 10 hrs/day (3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.).
Bombardier benefits for foreign workers
Bombardier created a specific benefits program for foreign workers joining the company.
For example, the International Mobility Package includes a company-paid one-way airfare to Quebec for the employee, meals during the day of travel, and transportation to the departure airport and from Montreal’s airport.
Bombardier also covers the cost of the medical exam required to obtain a work permit. They also offer an employee relocation allowance, and cover the reasonable cost of temporary accommodation for up to 30 days if the employee doesn’t have a permanent housing solution upon arrival.
Other workplace benefits include cultural training to ease the transition.
How can I apply?
Simply fill out the form below to send your CV to Élisa, who handles international talent recruitment for Bombardier.
What should I expect from the hiring process?
The recruitment process starts with a preselection interview with our team, then an interview with Bombardier team, a practical test, and finally an online psychometric test to assess the candidate’s cultural adaptability.
The exact timeline may vary depending on the candidate’s responsiveness and Bombardier’s availability for interviews and tests.
The work permit process depends on the profile of the candidates selected.